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February 16, 2007


Crossing the Bay Bridge (cables, foreground)
I fixate on the flags. They all say: America,
America, America.... Why so many flags?
Maybe because the land has been so recently
and hotly contested--first invaded by Spain with
its conquistadors and missionaries (that's
muscular Christianity), then briefly controlled by
a newly independent Mexico, then usurped by
America as a bonus for defending slavery in Texas (see la intervención norteamericana).

Where else would you see so many of a
country's flags? North Korea, probably.

For more on nationalism gone gaga, read
Vonnegut's A Man without a Country.